Heart Evangelista is no stranger to inappropriate comments online. And almost always, she responds back with so much class.
Evangelista, who is married to Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero for almost seven years now, unfortunately encountered another one of those insensitive comments, which she responded head on.
“‘Bat di kayo magka anak?” commented a certain @judy_arbondad on TikTok.
While pouring herself a bottle of sparkling water, she responded with the text, “Kulit ha” seemingly annoyed with the oft-asked question.
She then said casually, “Ayoko eh.”
She added, “Didn’t anyone teach you manners? You know what…” with the clap back text she added that read “Chill, not your uterus.”
“Being a mom shouldn’t be the only source of happiness. My goodness. What are you going to do when your kids have their own life?” said Evangelistga who plays the role of a stepmom to Escudero’s children from his previous marriage—twins Quino and Chesi.
In another response, Evangelista told the Marites lurking in her account, “If I am not sad about it, why are you even…”
Evangelista is among several celebrities who have opened up about their mental health struggles.
In an interview with Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho aired on May 2020, Evangelista said her mental health deteriorated after she had a miscarriage in 2018. With what seemed to be just a “slight depression”, it manifested in her body and recurred in November 2019 after she fought through her mental struggles.
She recounted her feet felt numb as well as her hand, which she uses to paint. She shared it was called “Burning Tongue Syndrome,” which is “very painful” as it spreads in the mouth as if it is burning.
The Kapuso star revealed that part of it was caused by the harsh feedback that, like most public figures, she has been receiving on social media.
She explained, "Without me knowing din na yung pressure ng social media, yung pressure ng tao, na kailangan lagi kang maganda, kailangan kang nauuna. Although, hindi naman ako super ganun, siguro subconsciously minsan pag may mga nagsasabi tungkol sa iyo, akala mo hindi ka naapektuhan. But then, it affects you and nag-pa-pile up siya. So, yes, nagkaroon po ako ng depression and anxiety. I battled for quite some time.”
She added, "I went to seven doctors. Sabi nila, yung cause ng sa akin can be extreme anxiety, and then it manifests on your body kasi sa sobrang stress.”
Many in the comments section of Evangelista’s TikTok videos expressed support for her, some saying her responding to bullies and insensitive netizens is a form of self care.
In a comment for another netizen who wrote: “2022 made Heart palaban.”
“I guess every year we get older, we realize our self-worth. If before, I allowed people to step on me and bully me, well not anymore.
“Because I know what I went through. I know my worth, I know what’s in my heart. So if ‘palaban’ means being respectful to yourself and actually handling it with grace but putting your foot down… well then, yes. I will not let you step on me,” Evangelista said.